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Other Name: Mastino, Neo
Type: Guardian Dog
Height: Males: 25.5 – 30 inches, Females: 23.5 – 27 inches. Weight: Males: 150 – 185 lbs., Females: 145. – 165 lbs.
Colors: Grey (also referred to as Blue), Black, Tawny and Mahogany – All colors may have brindle, white is acceptable on the tips of the toes and chest. Coat: Short, hard and shiny.
Temperament: With Children: Affectionate and protective with the their families children. With Pets: Adult intact Neapolitan Mastiff males tend to not tolerate other adult intact males.
Watch-dog: High Guard-dog: High
Care and Exercise: Training: A solid base of obedience and socialization is mandatory for the Neapolitan Mastiff. Learning Rate: Extremely fast learner.
Activity: Low stamina and endurance, prefers light exercise. Living Environment: Prefers to be close to their family – whether that is out or in the house.
Health Issues: Cherry eye is common in the breed, must be removed not tacked down. A good diet is paramount for this fast growing large breed.
Life Span: 10 years Litter Size: 6 – 12
Country of Origin: Italy History: Tracing its roots to the Molossian dogs before Christ, the Neapolitan Mastiff has a rich and intriguing history. Appearing to be a mix of a Lion, Gargoyle and Mollosser this breed is truly a work of fine Italian art. Brought back from near extinction after World War II by a dedicated group of breeders in Italy, this breed still continues to flourish in Italy and recently the United States.
First Registered by the AKC: 2001 AKC Group: Miscellaneous Class: Registries: AKC FSS, UKC, FCI